A couple of days ago when I wrote (The Insider Threat) about the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in our elections, I focused on the witness, Victoria Nuland because when she worked for the State Department during the Obama Administration, it was revealed that she and her crew were involved in manipulating and interfering in the Ukrainian elections. Anybody see the hypocrisy here? Anybody? The second witness was J. Michael Daniel. I didn’t write about him because he deserves special attention.
Recall that Victoria Nuland is the head of a non-profit called the Center for New American Security. Daniel’s non-profit is the Cyber Threat Alliance. In the testimony, among the recommendations given to the Intelligence Committee headed by Republican Richard Burr, the left of center witnesses proposed that Congress needed to establish a new fusion center that would be private sector (with a thin connection to the public sector); it would have an international coordinator; they would share information, best practices, technology and policy solutions bilaterally with Allies, the UN, NATO and the EU; and she called for a commission to be over the process.
Does anybody see a problem with that? How about that what they are proposing is to privatize the control of the systems of government? And what does that mean exactly? If you consider that the systems of government are like the beating heart of the government, they are proposing the privatization of the heart of our government. And if you don’t think the systems of government are the beating heart, imagine this scenario – the government stops print social security checks; they stop making medicare payments to hospitals; they stop funding projects like roads, they stop the flow of economic development money; they shut down the university research payment window – just imagine that they shut down the systems of government period. They wouldn’t even need to do a full shut down, they could just intermittently stop and start, mess up the files in such a way that they can’t be recovered, the list is endless of how they could throw this country into chaos.
What Nuland and Daniels are proposing is that the power of the government be transferred to them because the power of the government is control of the money of government and the money is managed by the systems of government.
The biography of Michael Daniels was posted on the Committee website. The following are the significant excerpts from that biography:
Michael Daniel currently serves as the President of the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA). CTA works to improve the cybersecurity of our global digital ecosystem by enabling real-time, high-quality cyber threat information sharing among companies and organizations in the cybersecurity field. Its members currently include nine of the largest cybersecurity firms in the world. Michael has been with CTA since February 2017.
Prior to CTA, Michael served as Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator on the National Security Council Staff…Michael also ensured that the federal government effectively partnered with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, other branches and levels of government, and other nations.
… Michael played a lead role in crafting the government’s response to cyber incidents, such as the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the intrusion into the Office of Personnel Management, and the Russian efforts to meddle in our electoral process. Michael also had extensive international engagement in this role, helping to negotiate the cyber commitments with China and implementing the cyber confidence building measures with Russia; he also met with allies and partners on a regular basis, both in DC and abroad, in order to drive greater coordination on cybersecurity policy and operations.
…Prior to coming to the National Security Council Staff, Michael served for 17 years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). From September 2001 to June 2012, he served as the Chief of the Intelligence Branch, National Security Division, in a career Senior Executive Service position. This branch oversees the Intelligence Community (IC) and other classified Department of Defense programs. In this position, Michael played a key role in shaping intelligence budgets, improving the management of the IC, and resolving major IC policy issues. Within OMB, Michael also served as an examiner in the National Security Division’s Front Office supporting the Deputy Associate Director and in the Operations branch reviewing Navy and Marine Corps operational activities and overseas military operations such as Bosnia and Kosovo.
To understand the significance of J. Michael Daniels, one must go back to the 1990s and Al Gore’s Reinvention of Government. The redesign of government computer systems was initiated under the administration of GHW Bush – but Bush was a one term president so the real work of corporatization of the government systems began under Bill Clinton. In 1993, when the organization of effort began, Vice President Al Gore was to lead the “reinvention of government” project and Commerce Secretary Ron Brown was appointed to be the Chairman of the Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF). The purpose of the IITF was to set the nation’s telecommunications policy for what would become known as the Internet.
These are very interesting websites you’ll want to see:
Bruce McConnell is Co-Director of the GCSC Secretariat and Global Vice President of the EastWest Institute (EWI). He leads EWI’s relationship-building with government and businesses around the world. He also manages the institute’s Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative.
And an article to read – including the article on the right that mentions Mr. McConnell.
On April 4, 1993, Bill Clinton met Boris Yeltsin at a summit in Vancouver, Canada to establish the partnership with the Russian Federation. It was announced at that time that Vice President Al Gore and Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrin would lead the United States-Russian Commission on “technological cooperation in the fields of energy and space”.
On March 21, 1994, the plans for a National Information Infrastructure (NII) went to a Global Information Infrastructure (GII) when Al Gore gave a speech in Buenos Aires at a conference of the International Telecommunications Union. On the Government Information Library website is posted a biography of Al Gore. The following are significant excerpts from that biography. The link to information on the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission was added for convenience:
- +Al Gore's Biography - Click Here
- Vice President Gore also is a nationally recognized leader on technology. When he was a member of the U.S. Senate, Gore introduced and steered to passage the High Performance Computing Act to create a national, high-speed computer network and increase research and development of high-performance technologies. That legislation was signed into law in 1991, and is now part of President Clinton’s technology and economic plan, the National Information Infrastructure, to help more the United States into the 21st Century.
To help strengthen and support democracy and economic development in countries throughout the world, Vice President Gore proposed the development of a Global Information Infrastructure. He led the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of the first freely elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and has worked closely with Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin to build a partnership between the two former adversaries. The Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission was formed by Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin to foster economic cooperation between their nations, particularly on the issues of space cooperation, business, science and technology, defense conversion, energy and the environment. His leadership was critical in getting passage through Congress of the historic North American Free Trade Agreement.
[* paragraphs out of order. The significance of these paragraphs won’t be discussed here because the topics are too large to include and I’ve already covered the first one at length – but the second one not at all. The question I would have however, was this the beginning of the pedophile extortion racket to entrap our local officials?]
In his effort to help revitalize America’s communities, Gore has traveled the country to meet with people who live in poverty-stricken inner cities and rural areas to hear what they need to rebuild their lives and their homes. He chairs the Community Enterprise Board of the President’s Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program, which will designate certain areas of the country as eligible to receive federal assistance and subject to strategic plans for revitalization.
In his continuing effort to support and strengthen families, Vice President Gore has moderated three annual Family Reunion Conferences, bringing together policy makers, experts in the field, family members and grass-roots service providers to address issues that affect families. Most recently, Vice President Gore focused on the role of men in children’s lives, calling for a change in culture to involve them physically, emotionally and financially., Results from these conferences have been incorporated into such policy initiatives as the National Performance Review and the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community Program.
You may remember that Commerce Secretary Ron Brown died in a plane crash with a bullet in his head in Croatia on April 3, 1996. On April 4, 1996, Alice Rivlin who was then Director of the OMB issued a Memorandum to all heads of all Executive Agencies and Establishments ordering that they appoint Chief Information Officers (CIO). It’s possible that the timing was a coincidence with Ron Brown’s death but it doesn’t seem likely given the nature of Rivlin’s memo. To this Systems Analyst, Rivlin’s memo was the first move for what ultimately became the left’s administrative coup d’etat on the American government enabled by the redesign of the systems of government. In a lecture given in Australia by Professor Beryl Radin, she outlined three points that Rivlin gave in a May 1995 hearing to Congress.
In May 1995, the OMB Director, Alice Rivlin, gave testimony to the Senate committee on governmental affairs. She listed three basic concepts that she said underlined phase II:
• The first was privatisation—that is, divesting Government of all operational responsibility for an activity or service and allowing the private sector to meet the need.
• The second was corporatisation—that is, creating alternative forms of organisation, such as government-controlled corporations to ensure better management of a program that serves the public.
• The third was contracting out—that is, procuring a product or service in the private market while retaining federal responsibility for fulfilling a governmental function
Obviously not everything can be put into one post but there is enough here to tell you that the OMB should be the focus of more research because of the proposal of Victoria Nuland and J. Michael Daniels and his years long connection to the OMB along with the past and present activities of Bruce McConnell.
Recently after seeing the reference to OMB in Michael Daniels biography, I went to the OMB website and found OMB Director Mick Mulvaney’s government reform plan. It’s a continuation of the devolution of government function that began during the administration of GHW Bush and following administrations. This is the Soviet system of education (non-education actually) with communist indoctrination beginning in early childhood . Page 23 of the so-called reform plan:
Department of Education and the Workforce
Departments of Education and Labor
In following the history of relations with the Soviet Union, followed by the break up into a federation of independent states, it was found that Secretary of State George Shultz worked with Mikhail Gorbachev on ways that U.S. and Soviet Union could co-operate to reduce Cold War tensions. One of the areas of focus was information systems and technologies as Shultz described in a paper called The Case of the Soviet Union: The Dictator’s Dilemma. In that paper, he quotes Gorbachev as saying:
The Role of Information
Proselytizing his Foreign Affairs thesis, the U.S. Secretary of State held a continuing “‘information age’ classroom in the Kremlin” in preparation for presidential summits. Shultz claimed in his memoirs that these tutoring sessions had a “profound impact” on Gorbachev. Recalling meetings in Moscow before the 1985 Geneva summit, Shultz wrote:
I then talked about the information age. . . . “Society is beginning to reorganize itself in profound ways. Closed and compartmented societies cannot take advantage of the information age. People must be free to express themselves, move around, emigrate and travel if they want to, challenge accepted ways without fear. Otherwise they can’t take advantage of the opportunities available. The Soviet economy will have to be radically changed to adapt to the new era.” Far from being offended, Gorbachev lighted up, “You should take over the planning office here in Moscow, become the new head of Gosplan [the Soviet ministry charged with economic planning], because you have more ideas than they have.” (591)
Gorbachev did seem to have learned the lessons well. Three years later, speaking before the General Assembly of the United Nations, he announced,
The newest techniques of communications, mass information and transport have made the world more visible and more tangible to everyone. International communication is easier now than ever before. Nowadays, it is virtually impossible for any society to be “closed.” (1988)
Given all that has happened to the American government and American society because of it, the obvious question to ask, Did Secretary of State George Shultz arrange for an exchange of budget analysts between the U.S. and the Soviet Union? Was the OMB peppered with Soviets as our universities were, our media was, and probably our national laboratories?
In this Orwellian World in which we are now living, there is no suggestion that is too preposterous to consider. One must look at the history and the current situation and try to place what you see into a context that fits and it seems to this analyst that high level, facilitated infiltration of the OMB by communist agents would be a brilliant strategic move and it does fit into the current context that is otherwise inexplicable in the American experience.
Here is a link to the Helsinki Final Act signed with the Soviet Union in 1975 by Gerald Ford.